Scholar-in-Residence- Rabbi Gary Zola, Ph.D.
Director, Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives
December 6-8, 2013
Gary Zola is the Executive Director of The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives (AJA) and Professor of the American Jewish Experience at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) in Cincinnati. In April 2011, Dr. Zola was appointed by President Obama to the Commission for the Preservation of American Heritage Abroad. In 2006, Dr. Zola became the first American Jewish historian and the first American rabbi to receive appointment to the Academic Advisory Council of the congressionally recognized Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission. Dr. Zola is the author of the forthcoming book We Called Him Rabbi Abraham: Lincoln and American Jewry, which will be released in 2014.
Profiles in American Jewish Courage
Friday, December 6, 2013
In his sermon beginning our weekend together, Dr. Zola will describe three little-known, but fascinating, American Jews whose stories constitute genuine examples of American Jewish courage. Together they provide an inspiring lesson that will shed light on the meaning of the American Jewish experience.
Great Voices, Civil Rights and American Reform Judaism
Saturday, December 7, 2013
11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
What did American rabbis tell their congregants about topics such as the rise of Adolf Hitler, the outbreak of World War II, the struggle for Civil Rights in the 1950s and 1960s and other pivotal world events? Dr. Zola will introduce us to some of Reform Judaism's most notable orators. This will be a rare opportunity for us to actually hear a series of remarkable vocal recordings (digitized with visuals added) of several towering rabbinic voices, all of which come from the American Jewish Archives’ extraordinary historical collection. We will listen to sermonic voices that we may know by reputation - but have never actually heard.
“He Was One of Us!” – American Jewry’s Relationship with Abraham Lincoln
Sunday, December 8, 2013
Few are aware of the remarkable history linking American Jewry and President Lincoln. Dr. Zola will explain why many of Lincoln’s personal and professional characteristics have caused American Jews to embrace the sixteenth president as a man who possessed a Jewish soul. Lincoln’s remarkable human qualities offer American Jewry an uplifting legacy to ponder.
Hebrew Union College Scholar Series
Living Waters: A Field Trip to the Community Mikvah
Sunday, January 26, 2014
Beth Hillel Congregation B’nai Emunah
3220 Big Tree Lane, Wilmette
Instructor: Carol Schnitzler, Mikvah Shomeret
Immersion in the living waters of the mikvah is one of Judaism’s most ancient and most powerful rituals. People come to the mikvah for many different reasons, including the final step of conversion, brides and grooms before marriage, before holidays such as Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Pesach, before a trip to Israel, before or after surgery, upon completion of chemotherapy and to observe a yahrzeit. Mikvah shomeret (director) Carol Schnitzler will help us explore the spiritual meaning of this ritual and give us a tour of the mikvah, which is open to all Jews in the Chicagoland area.